9. Eiffel Tower
Gustave Eiffel’s 1,063 ft (324 m) masterpiece is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a symbol of both Paris and the entire France. But not all the attention it gets is desirable. The “Iron Lady” has seen its share of jumpers. So many, in fact, that it is said to be the third most popular means of suicide in the entire country (right behind poison and hanging).
Despite its open-frame design, the tower is actually quite difficult to jump from thanks to railings and various safety measures. Yet many are determined to succeed. Some attempt to scale the tower after it’s closed from the public. Others are less considerate, jumping during business hours and landing on the roof of the packed restaurant on the second floor of the tower.
The management of the tower wisely does everything in its power to stop jumpers, from security nets to other, undisclosed safety measures. They also refuse to give statistics on the number of jumpers to the media, instead stating: “It’s always too many.” And really, can there be a better answer?